So, you want a Great Dane? Financial lessons learned in pet ownership, Part 1

Sugar Lynn the Great Dane at 3.5 months of age by W. Vance

Life is a continuous learning adventure.  We often do things because we think the grass is greener on the other side, or we just want something so bad that we just make it happen at the expense of many other things.  Other times we are just too nice to say no to others and know we’ll regret it later.  Both of these behaviors have gotten me into some personal and financial stress when it comes to my dogs. 

In November 2016, two of my best friends got a Great Dane puppy.  When they were talking about getting such a large dog, I was criticizing them, telling them they were crazy to want such a large, pony-like, canine, but I soon found out what an amazingly loving, goofy breed they are.  About a week before Thanksgiving, Bolin, their new puppy, arrived in a crate on a jet plane.  My heart melted and I was in love.  That night I was canvasing puppyfinder.com to find my Great Dane.  I joked about getting a female and all of us having a litter of puppies someday.  Well, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my little bundle of joy arrived.  Her name is Sugar Lynn, who got the Sugar part of her name by default because she was so darn sweet I kept calling her sugar.  The name stuck and I added Lynn since she is from the Eastern hills of Tennessee. 

By the time Sugar had arrived, I was well over $1,000 into this, plus puppy food, and then she had “the runs” and I was worried sick.  I immediately made a vet appointment, which costed in excess of $200, but she was okay.  Then there were vaccinations, which with each exam, ran about a $100 each time, until she was fully vaccinated after three trips.  Food for one great date can cost between $60 to over $100 per month, depending on how far up you decide to go. 

In April of the next year, I wanted to get Sugar a playmate.  I looked at another puppy, but thought I would try and adopt.  I found a big Euro Dane named Diesel in the San Francisco Bay area.  I paid the $400 adoption fee and gave him a try.  After a few weeks, I was feeding him and he bit me.  It hurt badly, but I was okay and managed to not go to the doctor.  I was scared of Diesel, arranged to take him back to California and let them keep my donation.  I was out several hundred dollars at this point and no second Dane. 

Baby Spice at eight weeks of age sleeping on the outdoor lounge by W. Vance

I decided a puppy was again the best course of action.  I found another little girl for sale for $700 in Tonopah, Nevada, about a four hour drive from Reno, and arranged to get her Memorial Day weekend 2017.  That is when Spice came into my life.  She was seven weeks old and cute as a button.  Vet-wise, I did the shots and exams, bought good food at Costco, and things went pretty predictably until last November, when I decided to let Bolin stay at my house for a few days while his owner was out of town and both my girls were in heat.  This is where the real fun **sarcastic laugh** begins.

To be continued next week! 

In the meantime, what, if anything, would you do different regarding your pets?  Maybe it’s how you went about acquiring an expensive breed, or vet bills?  How do you maintain the best life for you pets while not blowing the bank? Leave me a comment!

Author: wvance3

William is a corporate Accountant by day and a lover of Great Danes, gardening, personal finance, and home projects at night and on the weekend.

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